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this adorable 2-year-old is at the center after tragedy that has broken hearts across the country. he was the little boy who turned the seven seas lagoon at disney world into a watery grave. 16 hours after snatched by an alligator his body was found today. it is wednesday night and the big story on "action news" tonight is the discovery of lane graves' body. the officials say he drown, his body was intact. and monica malpass with the full story. >> the tiny body recovered from the lagoon where he was attacked. and officials had to deliver the grim news to his devastated parents. it was the outcome that everyone feared and no one wanted. 2-year-old lane graves' body recovered not far from where he was attacked last night. the sheriff had the horrible task of telling the distraught parents. >> i delivered the message, along with a priest, a catholic priest. and, of course, the family was
distraught. >> less than 24 hours ago the graves family, including five children, were on the beach after movie night. they were walking in less than a foot of water when a 4- to 7-foot alligator grabbed little lane. and the father dashed into the water and wrestled the alligator but could not listen the grip. and the alligator swam away with the child and the father called 911. >> it is nighttime and that's when they love to hunt. they hear slashing in the water and a small object and easy targets. >> 50 rescuers and helicopters and dive teams immediately began the search, continuing to look through the night pulling five alligators today from the lagoon and killing them. they are comparing the teeth now to the bite wounds to make sure they got the right one. this is the first alligator death in the park's history. the odds of the attack are 1 in 2.5 million experts say and disney immediately offered
condolences. >> everyone here at the walt disney world resort is devastated by this tragic accident. >> the child was in an area marked "no swimming allowed" but no warning of alligators. in the meantime the family is thanking volunteers for their exhaustive efforts. >> the graves family is now left to plan their child's burial and grieve his loss. absolutely devastating. >> thank you. and the f.b.i. is trying to learn everything about omar mateen's wife, noor mateen. talking to everyone who knows her. and word that the f.b.i. has surveillance video of her as she accompanied her husband as he bought ammunition. and the authorities want to know if she knew that he planned to attack the nightclub pulse in an attack killing 49 people. and they say that she has taken a polygraph test but the results
have not didn't disclosed. and we are learning that omar mateen applied to the police academy at river state college at one point and was denied, and he claims that was because of his muslim faith. and in west philadelphia, family and friends paid tribute to a local victim. christie? >> jim, there wasn't a dry an eye as people left the vigil. her peers, even alum who didn't know akyra shows up and it was very telling of how many lives she had touched. among the teary-eyed students and staff leaving west catholic prep were akyra murray's sobbing aunt, cousin and grandfather. >> and how does it make you feel that she showed up for your akyra. >> no doubt she put a mark on a lot of people's life. >> the 18-year-old just graduated from the school last week, all for loved ones to be
back tonight mourning her murder. at pulse nightclub with her cousin and friend during a family vacation, and now akyra the youngest victim of sunday's mass shooting. and saying that couldn't describe the pain. in a video of the private vigil posted on the school's facebook page, akyra's coach fought back tears as her peers remembered the honor student who graduated third in her class and was heading to mercyhurst college on a basketball scholarship. >> still in shock of all of this. >> she was a gifted young lady. refined, bright. >> she just started living. i mean she was getting ready to take off and just in the blink of an eye her wings were just clipped. >> so much promise only for her destinies to go unfulfilled. >> loving, caring. >> blessed to have been a part
of her. >> grief counselors are available for students, and the family is planning to bring they are body back in the coming days. christie ileto for channel 6 "action news." >> thank you. dozens of people gathered tonight in sympathy for all the victims of the orlando massacre. this is doylestown and they came to show their support for the lgbt community. and they read the name of the 49 victims tonight in doylestown. looking live on sky 6 at the ben franklin bridge also lit up tonight in tribute to the orlando victims. alum -- illuminated in the rainbow covers. and damaging row homes just before 9:00 on lancaster avenue. you can see flames shooting out of the second-story window. the fire quickly spread to the houses on either side.
fortunately, nobody was injured. there is no word yet on a cause. an explosion at the veolia energy plant in south philadelphia this afternoon rattled homes and rattled some nerves. the blast blew out some windows. the boom was heard blocks away. neighbors near 26th and christian were told to stay in their homes for a brief period of time while first responders investigated the facility. it turns out that a boiler erupted. and the plant officials say the system worked exactly as it intended, but for neighbors it was cause for alarm. >> i heard the big boom and the ground shook. >> an explosion and the whole house shook. it sounded like the roof was coming in, it was scary. and we all ran outside. >> there was no fire. the plant continued to operate and one person was slightly hurt by flying glass. an "action news" viewer captured a different kind of explosion in coatesville this
afternoon. this gas-fed flame eye -- erupted into a fire baltimore a -- a fireball and nobody hurt. and the vehicle that they believe hit and killed someone earlier this week they believe this minivan was the culprit vehicle, saying it may have front-end damage and shattered windshield. and killed while crossing monday night, her father says she was about to graduate from xcel academy. the philadelphia police are trying to track down the bandits who stole a van in mayfair. this not just any van it is a life line for an 8-year-old boy and dann cuellar explains why. >> you can get it. >> this is 8-year-old john webb
iii of mayfair with cerebral palsy. and they relied on this to get him to school and doctor's appointme po > take him to school, just basically all over, mainly for his appointments. >> a week ago tuesday around 3:30 in the morning someone stole the s.u.v. from their home. >> i don't know why they are targeting me. we are all good people. i always helped people out. i don't know why someone would target me like they did do something like that, especially to him. >> the family filed a police report and police are looking that it. so far no suspects and have not recovered the vehicle. >> he doesn't deserve it. he doesn't do anything to anybody. i don't understand why anybody would do something like that to a child. >> video captured images of the man who they believe was serving as a look-out before they drove
off with the durango s.u.v. and they hope someone see it is and reports it to the police. >> they see it on the street or anyone sees the truck, get back to us. >> in mayfair dann cuellar for channel 6 "action news." the fight over a soda tax about come to a head tomorrow at philadelphia city council takes the final vote. and the plan for 3 cents an ounce has been slashed to 1.5 cents per ounce, but it now includes taxing diet soda as well. and advocates say the legislation would raise $409 million over five years most go to pre-k programs, corrects and parks. and they say it is a tax that will hurt the city's poor and local businesses. and they claim that a chunk will
go to the general fund. and if it passes philadelphia is just the second city in the country taxes soft drinks, juices and other sugar-sweetened bridges. the authorities say two men dressed up as women in head-to-toe muslim garb rob the bank on city avenue between monument and presidential boulevard. they think they had help from two over men in a getaway car, a black chevy impala. and an award offered for tipped leading to captures. and jury selection will continue in the case of chaka fattah, getting the case late after a four-hour lesson in the law by the judge. and charged with racketeering and fraud. and still to come on "action news" tonight, a major development in the search for the crashed egyptair plane. and surveillance video of a
student taking down a campus gunman. and a wake up call about students and sleep. a major medical association calls for later school starting time. and wet weather moving in. details on the timing and what it means for your morning commute in the accuweather seven-day forecast. and ducis rodgers with the phillies tries to bounce back against the blue jays. and that and more when "action news" continues tonight.
and i think it is paris to cairo. anyway, it went down wildly plunging tens of thousands of feet in a spiral. they are not sure if a bomb is to blame or catastrophic problem somewhere else. they are hoping the black boxes can settle that. all 66 on board the plane were killed. the video has been released by court order, and the surveillance showed a barefooted college student single-handedly taking down a gunman at seattle pacific university in 2014. you see the gunman reloading the shotgun when 22-year-old john meist runs at him. and he sprayed him with pepper spray. and one student was killed or injured already when this
happened and the department goes on trial in december. and senator bob casey one of the democrats wagiing a filibuster on the senate floor going on for hours trying to force a vote on gun control legislation in the wake of orlando. donald trump tweeted today he will meet with the nra, which supports him, to find ways to block people on the terrorism watch list to buy guns. the nra said they will not support changes. and trump said the attack in orlando would have been different in the people in the gun had been armed. >> you would have had a situation, folks, which would have been always horrible, but nothing like the carnage that we all as a people suffered this weekend. nothing. hillary clinton held a discuss today with veterans and members of the defense community saying "after all the twitter rants and conspiracy theories we have been hearing recently, it is time for sub standive
discussion about how to protect our country, how we respond to a terrorist attack." today's abc news/"washington post" poll says 7 in 10 voters view donald trump unfavorably and 55% dislike hillary clinton this is trump's worst polling since he entered the race last year and clinton's first favorability numbers since being on the national stage as first lady. and voting to keep the interest rates steady and the bank is in no hurry to raise them again. and officials express concern about slow recent job growth and uncertainty over britain's vote next week whether to leave the european union. the american medical association calling for a change in school start times. they want middle and high schools to start no earlier than
8:30 so students can get more sleep. this comes one day after recommendations that middle schoolers benefit from 9 to 12 hours of sleep and high schools 8 to 10 hours. the c.d.c. says and the a.m.a. says fewer than 1 in 3 teens get that much sleep on a school night, that from the c.d.c. making this change would be a huge adjustment for american schools. more than 85% ring the school bell before 8:30. the east neshaminy high school students can rest easy, the years of hard work paid off in a diploma. graduation night for the class of 2016 at the school's athletic stadium in langhorne. and on to high school for 41 young achievers graduating from 8th grade from the jesuit high school. and tonight the ceremony included teachers and prayers and some gospel. and it was an extra-special
commencement for this year's graduating class at universal high school, and the students on this stage received more than $1 million in scholarships for college. that is the most of any senior class in the school's history. let's get the five-day -- make it the seven-day accuweather forecast. >> that's ok. >> i know. >> what is two days between friends really. stormtracker 6 live double scan showing that tonight we do have some rain moving in. all that you see east of philadelphia, that's just ground clutter. but actually reaching the ground we do have some showers moving in from the west right now. oxford, chester county light rain that just pulled through lancaster just south of reading. and this is the leading edge of some of the rain that will linger into the day tomorrow. tomorrow-wise with cloud cover blanketing the earth, temperatures really not dropping very quickly.
philadelphia 71 down from the high of 80. allentown 72. trenton 71. atlantic city airport 68 and wilmington currently 69 degrees. satellite 6, along with action radar, showing the clouds are here, some moisture moving in from the west. and there is low pressure that's developing over virginia. this will slide off the coast, bring us an easterly flow off the ocean bringing us moisture in the form of clouds and showers, especially the first half of the day. the morning rush, a good idea to use caution. and the rain, could have heavy downpours. and can't rule out thunder south of philadelphia, allow extra time and tune into david murphy beginning at 4:30 and he will track the rain. and futuretracker showing we will have some rain by the morning commute. by 7:30 you see thunderstorms across south jersey, and a steady rain north of philadelphia. around lunchtime, still a scattering of showers. not all that widespread. and then by the afternoon, drier air starts to puncture through
bringing us run of sunshine. late in the afternoon pretty nice. and on friday, another low pressure will slide to the south. i think most of the rain will be missing us, but it could brush the far southern zones. southern delaware, extreme southern new jersey, whatever happens by the afternoon looking at loads of sunshine with high of 80. and that high pressure will maintain control over the weekend. it's going to be a beautiful weekend. so the exclusive accuweather seven-day forecast, a few showers tomorrow, especially early in the day. some breaks of sunshine by the afternoon. cool for june standards with a high of 74 degrees. friday, again could have a clip of some rain south of philadelphia, but loads of sunshine by the afternoon, 80 degrees. and then getting into a warming trend. saturday sunshine and beautiful. and father's day 85, and low humidity. if you are running in the gary papa run looking great, sunny. by 10:00, 73 degrees. heading into next week, summer
officially arrives on monday evening. and hotter tuesday and 92. and a cold front can bring us strong, maybe even severe thunderstorms in the evening and drop the temperatures down into the mid 80s by wednesday with a high of 85 degrees. the rain for the morning definitely tune into "action news" beginning at 4:30 with david murphy. >> will do, thank you. dolly parton at the music center tonight. ♪ >> this is her most extensive north american tour in 20 years, called "pure and simple" including some classics as well as new songs. dolly parton is 70 years old and still sounding great and going strong the visitors to the philadelphia zoo can see things from a merekat's point of view. and the merekat maze the newest exhibit allows smaller visitors
phillies trying to get out of their slump. >> they are an absolute mess. 14 losses in the span of 18 games, that's what the phillies were dealing with coming into tonight. the phillies have been on the wrong side of mediocre the past three weeks and don't seem to be in a rush to change that. facing the bluejays and franco not in the starting line-up the third straight game, a mild knee spraining, he will be back tomorrow. and cody asche the second-deck homer. and off hellickson and the r.b.i. single. and giving up 4 runs in six innings. and the eighth inning, and donaldson takes him for a ride and the phills lose 7-2.
and they vow to remain positive. >> a lot of youthful excitement every day at the park in this o you know, there's different areas where you can go and find energy from someone in this locker room every single day during the game, on the mound. so, you know, i think it's hard for us to stay down with the people we have in this room. 4,257, the new baseball hit king -- sort of. ichiro suzuki passed pete rose for the all-time professional hit list. "profession "professional" because 3 came in japan before he came to the major leagues. the nba finals began 2-0 in golden state's favor. and game six in cleveland even though the cavs trail, winning
game five giving them momentum. and the warriors have been here before, the reigning champs. >> it is different because it is a different year and different challenge. different circumstances with a couple of injuries and what not. but the opportunity is there and i think we're very poised group that's ready for it. a great opportunity to protect home court and go into two of the best ever in game seven. and hopefully we can protect home, that's all that matters. game six can be seen here on 6abc tomorrow night. ,$8drw
villanova hero, ryan arcidiacono looking for work and wouldn't mind working in his hometown. working out for the sixers monday, and can't have too many shooters and we know he can shoot. and josh hart worked out for the sickers last month. the union beat the islanders 3-2 in open cub play. next playing saturday against the red bulls at yankee stadium. flyers fans turn away, the penguins with the championship parade today. and winning four cups since the flyers won their last one. not good. and finally a popular summer music festival kicked offer its season tonight. ♪ >> from chorus line the rose
tree pops performed in media tonight for the start of the festival. and performances five days a week until august 14. "jimmy kimmel live" next on channel 6 followed by night line. jimmy's guests tonight the new and original cast of ghostbusters and music from post malone. "action news" continues at 4:30. for cecily tynan, ducis rodgers, and the entire "action news" team, i'm jim gardner. good night.